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When fusion is done well, it can be beautiful. I made Indian moong dal dosas with a spicy spinach filling, based on my saag recipe, and added a savory Provencal red pepper sauce. The flavors were an amazing abundance of sweet, spicy, and savory engulfing an earthy crepe. Every aspect of tonight's dinner was satisfying.

Moong Dosa with Spinach & Red Pepper Sauce

Red Pepper Sauce
2 Red Bell Peppers
2 Tomatoes
2 small shallots (2-3 tbs total)
1 clove garlic
2 tbs chopped basil
1 tbs agave nectar
1 tbs vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs olive oil

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut the red pepper in half. Remove the stem, and seeds and lay face down on a baking sheet. Cut the tomatoes into quarters, remove the seeds and lay face down on the sheet. Cut the shallots in half and place the unpeeled garlic and shallots on the baking sheet as well. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the pepper skins have charred. Allow to cool and remove the skins from the peppers, tomatoes, garlic and shallots. They should peel right off. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend into a creamy sauce. The sauce can be made ahead of time and reheated. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

5 Servings: 82 cal (6g fat, 8g carbs, 1g protein)

Spinach Filling
2 tbs vegetable oil
2 tsp cumin seed
1 large onion, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded & chopped
4 cloves garlic
2 tomatoes, grated
2 bunches spinach, washed & chopped (or 2 packages frozen)
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz tofu, crumbled

Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook until they begin to sizzle. Add the onion and jalapeno and cook until they begin to brown. Stir in the garlic and cook a minute more. Add the grated tomato, salt and spinach. Increase heat to medium high and cook until the spinach has wilted and the moisture from the spinach and tomato is cooked off. Remove from heat and stir in the crumbled tofu. This can also be made ahead and reheated.

6 Servings: 109 cal (6g fat, 9g carbs, 6g protein)

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6 comments

  1. Dani Says:
  2. this looks very yummy, I love how you have all the nutrition info for your stuff, I need to start doing that!!
    have a good day,

    Danielle

     
  3. Jenn Says:
  4. Yum, that looks beautiful!

     
  5. Sanjana Says:
  6. Very, very clever!

     
  7. Michal Says:
  8. This looks so amazing!

     
  9. Anonymous Says:
  10. how do you grate tomatoes?

     
  11. Grating Tomatoes: cut the top off of the tomato (core side). Then grate it like you would a potato or onion. As you gate it, the skin will split away, so just grate up against the skin, then toss it.

     

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